Saturday, 29 July 2017

Michele's Magazine Review

Mixed Craft Saturday
Good Morning Ladies,

I hope that you haven't been washed away by the torrential rain, we had hours of it yesterday, it was hammering down, the drains don't seem to be able to cope these days, mind you we don't see road sweepers anymore, so the gutters are full of leaves and rubbish. Which is part of the reason we have so many areas of flooding locally, luckily people's homes weren't affected this time but the water just sits for days!

I have some lovely things to share with you today, Cheryl's Candles and a stunning card, a gorgeous card from Janet, Michele's Magazine Review and last but not least Val's shopping.

So here we go........

Cheryl's fantastic Candle/Cone centre pieces

Cheryl hand makes these stunning Candle and Pinecone table centerpieces, she uses good quality candles, some magnificent pine cones that themselves give off an amazing fresh aroma.  Lots of decorative pieces added too, including miniature baubles, little ribbon trimmed parcels, foliage and festive sprigs too!  So much goes into making each one of these gorgeous pieces, Cheryl does it all to raise money for the incredible charity ......

 Cardiomyopathy is a charity very dear to Cheryl's heart and she works tirelessly all through the year, every year to raise money for this very worthwhile cause.
Cheryl you do an amazing job making so many different craft items to sell, if there is anything that any of us can do please feel free to ask through the blog.

Cheryl's stunning Anniversary card

Wrapped in beautiful Voile

The Stunning finishing touch, a gorgeous Box

Cheryl this Anniversary card that you have made for her friend Glynis for thier Golden Wedding Anniversary, I have to say Cheryl this is one of your most beautiful cards, that floral corner arrangement is exquisite, wrapping it in luxurious Voile adds to the overall experience of opening such a beautiful gift. 
To finish the gift Cheryl has made a Box and replicated the floral spray from the card and personalised the box as the finishing touch.  I imagine when your friends see this you will be inundated with requests!!
Thank you so much for sharing your crafts with all of us.


Janet's card is absolutely stunning, so luxurious too, everything about it shouts quality, from the gorgeous Embossing Folder that Janet has used to emboss that beautiful gold card, to which Janet added a pretty arrangement of roses and leaves,
The card is finished with delicate lace trim and tiny pearls. Oh Janet what a stunning card, thank you for sharing it with us today .

Michele's Magazine Review

 End of the month Magazine Review.

Making Cards magazine with free Alphabet stamps plus papers-this month they have a Tropical theme. Nice ideas for car themed male cards in this issue but there's only 3 cards shown which is a shame as they could have made much more of a feature with this article.

Quick Cards Made Easy-free gift is an embossing folder & stamp set. Russian Dolls must be the "in thing" as there's a 4 page feature showing cards made using Stamps. I might adapt some of these ideas using the free gifts from last month .

Look who made it into the magazine.....!!! I'm really pleased as I've tried a few times. Pity they didn't spell my name correctly . I'm hoping to have another card featured in an Autumn edition.

Papercraft Inspirations with a lovely set of Altenew stamps(I think that's the brand). There's an article on shaped cards inside this issue plus a great step by step guide to Partial Diecutting.

Papercraft Essentials with a floral corner Die & stamp set. There's a feature on Men's card inside this issue plus two articles using the free gifts.

There you have the latest round up of my magazines. I get quite a few via subscription which have been presents (birthday or Christmas) so I'm not buying all of them myself.




Val has bought her first Dies from China, I have those Stars Val and they cut brilliantly, I was surprised at the quality to be honest.
The Crafters Companion Embossing Folder looks lovely Val, I am excited to see your Christmas cards appearing on the blog, thanks so much for sharing your shopping with all of us and for your lovely email .


Margaret ordered herself some new Stampin'Up! Goodies to play with, you made some fantastic choices Margaret:

Flowers Shop Stamp Set with Matching Punch, this set makes some amazing flowers and having the punch means you can craft anywhere, as you can pop the punch and stamps in your bag, no heavy die cutting machine required.

The Vertical Greetings stamp set, well you all know that's my new favourite stamp set, you just don't see enough Vertical Greetings on the market, Margaret has used this sent on her CC this week too!!

Card selection pack, so useless to match with DSP, :(pretty papers), Grey and Blue are the new black I think, I love them both.

Label Me Pretty stamp set, (did you get the matching Punch Margaret:?) I thought this set would be perfect for you with all the cakes you take for different people, I love that Floral Happy Birthday too.

Label Framelits, I would be lost without mine, I use them all the time, you can chop the bottom off and make a tag, as well as that lovely label shape, they have been made to work with most of the Stampin'Up! Stamp sets, which makes them even more useful.
Last but not least is the amazing Envelope Punch Board, you didn't need me to tell you how fantastic this tool is as Sue played with if herself and was amazed at how easy it was, you won't regret buying it Margaret. 

What a fantastic shopping basket, you have the tools to make some stunning cards.
Thank you so much for sharing Margaret.  Hope you are feeling better.

Another post full of inspiration, I love seeing what you have all been making and buying so keep the photos coming in!! 

Have a lovely weekend ladies, 

Lilian, get well soon my lovely XXX

Love and Hugs



  1. Morning Sandra & ladies,

    Oh my, what a lovely surprize to see my candles and card on display this morning. Your words are very kind Sandra, extra special 'thank you'.

    My friend Glenys loved the card she had ordered and I had fun trying different techniques with gilding polish, it was the last thing she asked me to do for her. Sadly, cancer had returned to ravish her body, she lost her battle and died early Wednesday morning. A more true and loyal friend I have ever had. So vivacious, friendly, loving and wise, remembering past times will be easy, there were so many of them. Tuesday nights were 'ladies night' at the Spirit when she and husband Andrew were mine hosts. What fun we had just sitting chatting and joking between us.

    Love 7 hugs
    Cheryl xxx

    1. Hi Cheryl your table decorations are so beautiful and for such a worthy cause. Bet they selll well and you collect lots of money.
      Beautiful card. Very pretty flower arrangement. So sorry to read about your friend. You were obviously very close and have some happy memories to treasure. Hugs xxx

    2. Stunning work CHERYL I am sorry to hear about your friend Big hug xx

    3. Love your Candles arrangements Cheryl. The card you made for your friend is stunning. Sorry to see she since passed away. Big hug xx

    4. Hi Cheryl.

      Ur arrangements are stunning as is ur card.
      So sorry about ur friend. Sympathies to u xx

    5. Hi Cheryl,
      Your candles are lovely & your card is stunning, soo sorry to hear of your friends passing, hugs on

    6. Hi Cheryl
      Stunning table decorations and I bet you get lots of money for your charity. So sorry to hear about your friend. Gentle hugs on the way.

    7. Hi Cheryl
      Gorgeous table decoration. Your card is stunning such a beautiful card & box. So sorry to here about your friend.
      Sending BIG HUG'S.Xx

  2. Morning Ladies

    Cheryl-WOW!!! Love the decorated candles and the anniversary card is stunning. What a beautiful Keepsake.

    Janet-live your card.

    Great crafty shopping-I love to see what everyone else likes to buy.

    I was called into the Chief Pharmacist office yesterday afternoon to be told that my colleague has changed her mind about Mediation (after 5 weeks) and has now put in a grievance against me. I don't know anything more apart from I now have to wait for this to be assigned a Case Manager. To say I was shocked/upset was an understatement. I'll be contacting my Union Rep on Monday as I refuse to use my own time to deal with this.

    This morning I'm off to the hairdressers plus I got a shopping list from my Dad so I need to go to Asda then drop his shopping off. After that I'd like to play in my craft room.


    1. Hi Michele, can't believe the woman has changed her mind. I bet you were upset when you thought it was going to be resolved and it's still lingering on. Let's hope your Union Rep has some good advice. I must be so awkward having to work with the woman as well.
      Hope you can forget about it for the weekend. Enjoy being pampered this morning and playing in the craft room later. Xxx

    2. Oh MICHELE I am so sorry to read this I hope your Rep can really sort her out
      Great reviews again and what a thrill to see your name in print

    3. Sorry it still going on and nothing as yet is sorted, you take care and try not to worry too much. Thanks for once again giving us the views of different craft magazines and how fun seeing your work in one of them, hugs xx

    4. Oh Michelle.

      What a palava ur having. No wonder u were upset. Anyone would be. Either way mediation or grievance isn't very nice to anyone. Hope it sorts itself soon for ur sake xx

    5. Michele sorry you have had another setback, hope you you get settlement soon. Thank you for your review of magazines, so

    6. Hi Michele
      What a palava for you and a shock as well to find out after all these weeks she dropped mediation. And it starts again from scratch. Hope you have a lovely weekend, and thank you for the magazine reviews.

    7. Oh Michele so sorry after five weeks this woman ha ps now changed her mind about Mediation. Now starting from scratch again.
      Your magazine review brilliant again today & to have your card your card in one of them well done you.
      Hug's on there way. Xx

  3. Morning Everyone
    YEHHHHHHHHHHHH we have sunshine this morning so fingers crossed it stays that way. I'm beginning to grow 'flippers' as we've had so much rain this last

    CHERYL- I love your Candle arrangements and they will look so beautiful gracing any Seasonal Table.
    Your CARD is just a WOW WOW WOW. I'm so sorry to hear that your Dear and Loving Friend lost her battle. It is such a horrible disease. You have so many beautiful memories made together.

    MICHELE- Thank you for your Mag Review. I cannot believe that some people can be so horrible in the work place. Why I always ask myself when we spend so much of our time at work. Chin up Dear Friend.

    SANDRA - I'm not sure whether it's VAL or MARGARET who has been on a Shopping Spree but I love their shopping basket of goodies.

    My card was made using Crafter's Companion new 3D Efolder. I now have four of them and have really fell in love with them all. I have never seen so much detail and super embossing as these give. I really would recommend purchase.

    Off to Meadowhell this morning for usual week-end shopping so Cream Scones and Very Berry Cheesecake will be behind the counter in the CAFE this afternoon.
    Speaking of which the CAFE IS OPEN and ready for you all today to pop in and have a sit and chat for a while.

    HUGS winging their way to you all. xxxx

    1. I'll have a white coffee and a very large piece of that delicious cheesecake please Janet. Xxx

    2. unless Val scoffed it all,hihi I love to have a piece of the berry cheesecake mmmmm. Hope to see a real one this afternoon at the BBq and as this week been, I need a big one . Hugs xx

    3. Val good to hear you had a lovely day yesterday, you sounded really down in your comment. Craft friends are such good

    4. Hi Janet
      Love the card you made with the embossing folder. Lucky you having sunshine. It's poured down all day in Bournemouth. Where the hell is our summer as we're off to York a week Wednesday.

    5. Hi Janet
      Love your card the embossing folder is lovely
      Hope your weekend is going ok Big Hug's on there way. Xx

  4. Morning Sandra and ladies,

    Managed a few hours sleep last and woken up feeling more positive.Many thanks for your support ladies. The friendliest most caring blog in the world. Thank you ladies - you're the best.

    What a lovely lot of goodies today. Cheryl table decoration and beautiful card.
    JANET your card is so lovely. These 3d EF cut so deep. The snowflake one of mine shown today is a real delight.

    MARGARET love all your stamps and dies. I bet you're going to have fun with them.

    So enjoyed Craft Club yesterday. It's always a pleasure to mix with crafters. It was a doubly good day thought beacausecwhilst we were there, Wendy Skyped John Lockwood and we all had a lovely chat. We invited him over to do a work shop with us.but sadly he's too busy. He showed us what cards he was making at that time. So clever and such a lovely person.

    Lynn and Paul are off work today. They're having a lie in this morning but we're off out for lunch later. So looking forward to it. It's really far to hot to eat and the thought of standing in front of a hot stove really pus Lynn and me off cooking. I've nibbled a few lettuce leaves here and there but it will be good to have an actual meal.

    BRENDA AND PAT. Glad your medication was eventually sorted out. Pat I lope Pete feels ok now after his upset

    I hadn't realised Lilian wasn't well. Hope your feeling a lot brighter today. Xxx

    Last but not least.
    MICHELE love you magazine reviews. Maybe a good job I don't live in UK, I'd be buying them all
    FANTASTIC you made it into the magazine. What a thrill to see your name and photo. Well done.
    I do get Papercraft Inspiration delivered to the shop and I'm looking forward to seeing those cute little flower stamps. Love the corner die bin Papercraft Essentials as well.

    Hope everyone has a good Saturday whatever you've planned.
    Lots of love Valxxx

    1. Glad you feeling better Val and you have a nice lunch later on. Sound you had good fun to skype with John, he seem to be doing well since making his own. Like your shopping, happy crafting. hugs xx

    2. Hi Val
      I glad your feeling better today. Gentle hugs are winging there way to you. How lovely that Wendy Skype John and you were able to chat. I bet between your craft club and John that cheered you up as well.

    3. Hi Val
      Pleased your feeling better. How lovely Wendy Skyped John he seems to doing well since he started on his own good luck to him
      Love your shopping VAL Hug's xxx

  5. What a fabulous card and candles CHERYL and your card is a lovely too Reading everyone's comments it looks like I NEED those embossing folders! I can't wait to see what you make VAL with your purchases
    Thank you MICHELE for the magazine review I think it's probably a good idea that au don't live close enough to be able to buy them
    Yesterday was fine I shed a few tears mainly at seeing the children's delight at seeing the lemurs - my son's "babies" He would revel in their joy and enthusiasm Lots of cuddle with Oscar cheered me up
    Nothing much on the cards today except the usual housework

    1. Karen pleased yesterday was not too

    2. Hi Karen
      I'm pleased to hear that yesterday wasn't to bad for you. Lovely to have some cuddles with Oscar as well.

    3. Hi Karen
      Glad yesterday wasn't to bad for you Having lot's of cuddles with Oscar they are the best. Big Hug's xx

  6. I meant to say I like your purchases too MARGARET I like the idea of using a punch - it's far more portable than a die cutting machine to Craft Club!

    1. I'm glad yesterday was a nice day to remember and to see the Lemurs with the children and many cuddles with Oscar made the day ok. Take care and hugs xx

  7. Hi Sandra and ladies

    Lots of lovelyness as always is the weekend.

    Michelle nice to have a face to see to go with the name lol thanks for the rundown on the mags x

    On lunch the now so doing a quick catch up on stuff.
    See u all the morn!! Xx

  8. Hi Sandra and all in today.
    Nice to look in on a Saturday and see what you been buying and making.
    Janet, Beautiful card and the Ef look interesting.
    Margaret, like all your shopping too. Had a play with the envelop maker so now it is on my wish list. Little Chris is talking well. Will be seeing Louis later and as I understand ,he dosen't say a word yet :-)
    Pat, hope all the pills are counted and correct. Hubby tried to order his yesterday but some of the boxes was not there to tick so he had to phone them in the end and was told their system was changing (again). Hope you still have a nice time in Bournemouth even with the autumny weather. We are going for a bbq this afternoon but can see us all be sitting indoors because it dosen't look good (heavy rain)
    Had a nice meet up with Sharon for a coffee yesterday and hope she will join us here in the cafe' when she got a moment spare. I don't know why I was shaking, she is a very nice lady Lol
    I hope you all have a nice Saturday and if you are at work Tracy, I hope you can have some rest in between customers.
    Sonia, hope you ok. You are missed !
    Love and many hugs to you all, Maria Xxxx

    1. Hi Maria
      I'm glad your meet up with Sharon was a success. It's pouring with rain and has been all day.

    2. Hi Maria glad your meet up with Sharon went well. Hope the BBQ wasn't a wash out with the ☔️ rain. Have a good Sunday.
      Big Hug's xxx
      PAT we have heavy rain too 💦💦☔️All day hope your still having nice time. Sorry Pete wasn't well hope he feels better.
      Big Hug's xx

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  10. Hi Sandra & all in cafe,
    Sandra thank you for showing my goodies, sorry they were late last night, unfortunately I have only had time to use the vertical happy birthday on my cc, I have to make a card for Pop's birthday so thinking cap
    Janet your card is beautiful well done. Thanks for the lovely
    Lilian hope you feel better soon, hugs on
    Must get on sending hugs to all who need them love

    1. Margaret Hi your shopping all amazing right up my street your SU Dies lovely have you used the envelope punch board yet.
      Sorry you haven't been well hope your feeling better.
      Great Big Hug's for you Xx

  11. Sorry I had to delete the above comment,
    I included the word 'look' in one of my comments, but when it was published - OMG the word began with F. Predictive text strikes again !!!

    Hello Sandra and everyone,

    What I lovely is selection we have today, it's always great looking on this bloke on Saturdays.

    Cheryl, your candle arrangements look beautiful and I'm sure they will raise lots of money for your cardiomyopathy charity. Your card with beautiful box and wrapping is a gift in itself, it's gorgeous xx

    Val, Love your dies from China. Enjoy xx

    Janet, your card is beautiful, I'm sure it delight recipient xx

    Margaret, I know you will have fun with your new toys, you will love using the envelope maker.xx

    Michele, thank you for the magazine review, it's very helpful to read your opinion xx

    Hope I haven't missed anyone out. Also hope that predictive text has behaved itself!

    Have a good day everyone, well what's left of it.
    Love and Hugs Brenda xxx

    1. OOPS again. Went to press preview, but pressed Publish. I am not going to start over again x

  12. Hi Sandra and ladies
    Lovely selection today. Cheryl your candle table arrangements are lovely. They'll be snapped up and you'll make lots of money for your charity.
    Michele one again that you for your reviews of the magazines, and lovely to see a picture of you in the magazine. Even if they did spell your name wrong.
    Janet beautiful cards.
    Great buys ladies. I've bought a few buys as well this week but they haven't arrived yet,
    It's pouring down in Bournemouth today. We've been out for a drive and popped in to Currys and bought a new printer. Nothing wrong with my old one but trying to get the laptop to print out the paperwork I needed to rake with me for my Endoscopy was a nightmare. 3 hrs later it still wouldn't print. So I had to email it to one of our friends and they printed it out for me. I can't print from my iPad to my Kodak printer. But I can from the Epsom one I've just bought as I've tried it on Dave's.

  13. Hi Sandra &a ladies
    Sorry late again I have commented on way down takes me ages.
    Not sure where today has gone haven't really done much had to go £ Shop for cleaning bits. They had some leggings for £ 2.50 so picked up a couple of them bargain as my daughter would say. We had a nice day yesterday when she came down with Joseph. As it was raining she booked her & Joseph into the mountain climbing wall which is two minutes away from us. They both did well they could have stayed two hrs but after a hour Lisa had enough. I got some good video of them. On my phone.
    Looking 👀 forward to seeing the challenge cards tomorrow.
    Love Lynda xx